2/25/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) announced the Sun Education Software (EduSoft) Portfolio, a comprehensive software, support, and training offering that provides access to Sun's broad range of software technologies with no-cost licenses for education and research institutions. With a single software license and streamlined ordering process, academic and research communities will benefit from using Sun's software in the classroom for teaching and to foster advanced research and development. Based on the commercial price of the Sun software licenses included with the Sun EduSoft Portfolio and the availability of the software solution to more than 100,000 users within the academic community, the total value of this offering exceeds $1 billion USD.
Teachers, students and campus IT staff will have unrestricted access to Sun diverse software offerings, which allows each to evaluate, test and develop with the latest Sun software. Institutions will also benefit from Sun's aggressive discounts for support services, as well as free web-based training curriculum for eligible institutions on major Sun software technologies. The EduSoft Portfolio media kit, available for a nominal fee, includes quarterly refreshes and will be available in March. It provides users with access a comprehensive range of software from Sun including, Solaris 9[tm] Operating Environment, Sun[tm] ONE starter kit, Sun ONE Studio, Sun ONE Web Services Development products, GNOME, StarOffice[tm] software, Sun Ray[tm] appliance and more.
"The education community was the genesis of Sun and most technology companies today," said Jonathan Schwartz, Executive Vice President, Software, Sun Microsystems. "Sun is giving back to academic and research institutions by providing low-cost access to software that will better equip today's students for tomorrow's workplace, and by making sure educational institutions are never more than a few months behind on technology refreshes - and never obsolete. Sun is committed to helping the education community and today, is delivering all software free of charge for academic and research purposes."
"Sun's EduSoft Portfolio will reduce our total cost of ownership and will give us the ability to evaluate the software in our own environment," Ted Dodds, Associate Vice President, Information Technology for the University of British Columbia. "This removes a cost barrier in making the latest technology available to our students, instructors and researchers."
Sun[tm] Software Support services offer education and research institutions comprehensive coverage that includes responsive technical support, direct access to Sun's online knowledge database and software enhancement releases - everything needed to get the most of Sun software. Discounts of up to 60% off commercial support pricing are now available to eligible customers.
Sun Educational Services is providing a free, comprehensive, web-based curriculum to eligible Sun education institutions. The eLearning curriculum includes training in major technical areas, such as Java[tm], Solaris system administration, Sun ONE infrastructure products and the complete StarOffice productivity suite. The self-paced learning tools allow academic institutions to supplement other forms of instruction and learn at the pace they feel most comfortable. For additional information on the Sun Educational Services offering, please visit http://www.sunacademic.com.
"Sun's vision of equipping schools with emerging technologies, without being restricted by cost, is critical to accelerating an academic environment that promotes learning and achievement,"said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Sun EduSoft Portfolio is one of the most generous offerings of software by the technology industry."
To find out more about Sun EduSoft Portfolio, please visit: http://www.sun.com/edu/promotions/edusoft
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
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